'Fright Night' Director Ready to Guide Jon Hamm's 'Million Dollar Arm'
After bringing some fresh life to the remake cycle with his take on Fright Night, director Craig Gillespie is heading into more realistic territory for his next project. Variety has word that Gillespie is in talks to direct Million Dollar Arm, a Disney sports drama starring "Mad Men" lead actor Jon Hamm. The true story follows Hamm as sports agent J.B. Bernstein who staged a reality show in India for cricket players to get a chance at a professional baseball career (over 40,000 auditioned). He ended up discovering pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, the first Indian men to ever sign pro sports contracts in the United States. Read on!
Million Dollar Arm is the name of the reality show used to find the hopeful baseball players, who would also have to be taught the rules of baseball, not to mention American culture and the English language. It sounds like there's the potential for another great Disney sports movie here, something that doesn't seem to come along as much as it used to in the 90s. This isn't yet another interesting project choice for Gillespie who has directed indies like Lars and the Real Girl, mainstream comedies like the little-seen Mr. Woodcock and the aforementioned Fright Night remake with Colin Farrell from last year. The director is also attached to helm the adaptation of Flamingo Thief starring Will Ferrell, but it's not clear which project will come first.
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